American History TV Schedule

Week of June 30 through July 7

All times and durations are subject to change

Saturday, July 4
7:40 AM EDTApprox. 21 min.Reel America "The Life of President Eisenhower" - 1953This short biography concentrates primarily on Dwight Eisenhower's activities after World War II, ... This short biography concentrates primarily on Dwight Eisenhower's activities after World War II, and concludes with a portion of his first State of the Union address. The fledgling U.S. Information Agency, which was founded in 1953 as a Cold War initiative to show foreign audiences a positive view of America, produced the documentary. 8:01 AM EDTApprox. 19 min.Reel America "Honor America Day" - 1970On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning ... On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning religious service at the Lincoln Memorial featured the Rev. Billy Graham and Bob Hope hosted the evening entertainment at the Washington Monument. This U.S. Information Agency report covers the event; missing is any mention of anti-war protesters who waded naked in the reflecting pool and were later tear-gassed by police. 8:20 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 40 min.Life After the Declaration of IndependenceHistorians discussed the lives of loyalists, Native Americans and African Americans in the ... Historians discussed the lives of loyalists, Native Americans and African Americans in the aftermath of the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence. This discussion was part of a conference hosted by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
10:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.Declaration of Independence Global LegacyUniversity of Maryland history professor Richard Bell talked about the Declaration of Independence ... University of Maryland history professor Richard Bell talked about the Declaration of Independence -- its origins, purpose, and global significance during and after the American Revolution. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event. 11:30 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 35 min.First Ladies Influence & Image - Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor & Abigail FillmorePaul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, ... Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sarah Polk remains the most politically active and influential first lady. Margaret Taylor was a reluctant short-term first lady. Abigail Fillmore, a teacher, was the first presidential wife to have had a job. She established the White House library and made it a cultural center for the arts. 1:05 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr.George Washington & the ConstitutionThe National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted a virtual "town hall" about George ... The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted a virtual "town hall" about George Washington's influence in shaping the Constitution after the Revolutionary War -- and, as president, his role in making it work. The center's Jeffrey Rosen moderated the conversation with White House Historical Association historian Lindsay Chervinsky and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson.
2:05 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 45 min.Interpreting the American Revolution & Civil WarArt historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil ... Art historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil War. She talked about the influence of paintings, sculptures and memorials on how history is remembered. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event. 3:50 PM EDTApprox. 10 min.Reel America "Let's Go America!" - 1936This National Association of Manufacturers film was produced during the Great Depression to ... This National Association of Manufacturers film was produced during the Great Depression to promote an optimistic view of the U.S. economy. The film shows dramatized scenes from the so-called "good old days" when Americans toiled for long hours with primitive tools. The 1936 film argues that American creativity, ingenuity and modern machines will make life easier and the future brighter. 4:00 PM EDTApprox. 54 min.History Bookshelf "For Liberty & Equality"Alexander Tsesis talked about his book For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the ... Alexander Tsesis talked about his book For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence, a history of the Declaration of Independence from its creation in 1776 to the present. The book examined the numerous ways the document had influenced American politics, laws, and society. He also responded to questions from the audience.
4:54 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 6 min.Oral Histories Gloria Grinnell, Civil Rights History ProjectThis is an oral history interview with Gloria Grinnell, who talked about participating in the 1960 ... This is an oral history interview with Gloria Grinnell, who talked about participating in the 1960 lunch counter sit-in protests during her time as a student at Richmond's Virginia Union University. She described the culture shock she experienced as a Californian attending college in Virginia. This interview is part of an oral history project on the civil rights movement initiated by Congress in 2009, conducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 47 min.The Civil War Harold Holzer on Civil War ObjectsHistorian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley, chief historian at the New-York Historical Society, ... Historian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley, chief historian at the New-York Historical Society, talked about artifacts featured in their joint publication, "The Civil War in 50 Objects." In this program they discussed a pike ordered by abolitionist John Brown and a model of Abraham Lincoln's hand. This discussion took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic and the New-York Historical Society provided the video. 6:47 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 13 min.Nazi Germany & the Western FrontWorld War II scholar James Holland talked about Nazi Germany's weakening position on the Western ... World War II scholar James Holland talked about Nazi Germany's weakening position on the Western front as early as two years before its unconditional surrender to the Allies. Mr. Holland is the author of "The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943: The War in the West," the second book in a planned trilogy on the western front. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans provided this video.
8:00 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 9 min.Lectures in History Vietnam Anti-War MovementProfessor David Farber teaches twentieth-century American history at Temple University in ... Professor David Farber teaches twentieth-century American history at Temple University in Philadelphia. In this lecture to a history class he focused on the origin of the 1960s Vietnam anti-war movement, and his view of how it helped to expand the nation's democratic process. 9:09 PM EDTApprox. 51 min.U.S. Military Animals in World War IIAuthor Toni Kiser discussed her book, "Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II." She ... Author Toni Kiser discussed her book, "Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II." She highlighted the units of mules, dogs, pigeons, and horses that were an integral part of the U.S. war effort at home and abroad. This program was recorded by the National World War II Museum. 10:00 PM EDTApprox. 21 min.Reel America "Fresh Colors" - 1970Directed and narrated by Czech political refugee and animator Paul Fierlinger, this film shows his ... Directed and narrated by Czech political refugee and animator Paul Fierlinger, this film shows his arrival in the United States, scenes of the failed 1968 student uprising in his homeland, and an animated history of the American flag.
10:21 PM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America "Vision USA" - 1974Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of half-hour reports for ... Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of half-hour reports for foreign audiences. Translated into many languages, the magazine format promoted American life in many forms, from arts to science and technology. This episode from 1974 features a pewter smith in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, the scientific benefits of scanning electron microscopes, Chesapeake Bay watermen, the new technology of quartz digital watches made possible by the space program, noted photographer Barbara Morgan, and a pedal-powered miniature car. 10:46 PM EDTApprox. 27 min.Reel America "Vision USA" - 1978This U.S. Information Agency program from 1978 includes five stories: the sport of skateboarding, ... This U.S. Information Agency program from 1978 includes five stories: the sport of skateboarding, laser technology used to clean works of art, a company that investigates engineering failures, Jim Henson's Muppet studio, and a Texas community with an innovative computer-based security and emergency response system. Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced these monthly half-hour "Vision USA" reports for foreign audiences on life in America. Translated into many languages, the magazine format promoted tourism and American life in many forms, from arts to science and technology. This program is from the National Archives' motion picture collection. 11:13 PM EDTApprox. 6 min.History of UNCUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill Archivist Nicholas Graham discussed the university's ... University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Archivist Nicholas Graham discussed the university's founding, as well as its role in the growth of the city of Chapel Hill.
11:19 PM EDTApprox. 25 min.Thomas Jefferson on Declaring IndependenceTo mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, ... To mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Menotomy in April, 1775, Monticello hosted a conversation with President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker. He recounted the events from the time of the battles to July, 1776 -- events that led to the decision of the thirteen colonies to break with Great Britain. He then explained how he was involved in creating the Declaration of Independence, and what he hopes Americans might learn from it. 11:44 PM EDTApprox. 17 min.Reel America "Honor America Day" - 1970On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning ... On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning religious service at the Lincoln Memorial featured the Rev. Billy Graham and Bob Hope hosted the evening entertainment at the Washington Monument. This U.S. Information Agency report covers the event; missing is any mention of anti-war protesters who waded naked in the reflecting pool and were later tear-gassed by police.
Sunday, July 5
12:01 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 9 min.Lectures in History Vietnam Anti-War MovementProfessor David Farber teaches twentieth-century American history at Temple University in ... Professor David Farber teaches twentieth-century American history at Temple University in Philadelphia. In this lecture to a history class he focused on the origin of the 1960s Vietnam anti-war movement, and his view of how it helped to expand the nation's democratic process. 1:10 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.U.S. Military Animals in World War IIAuthor Toni Kiser discussed her book, "Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II." She ... Author Toni Kiser discussed her book, "Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II." She highlighted the units of mules, dogs, pigeons, and horses that were an integral part of the U.S. war effort at home and abroad. This program was recorded by the National World War II Museum. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.History Bookshelf "For Liberty & Equality"Alexander Tsesis talked about his book For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the ... Alexander Tsesis talked about his book For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence, a history of the Declaration of Independence from its creation in 1776 to the present. The book examined the numerous ways the document had influenced American politics, laws, and society. He also responded to questions from the audience.
2:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 5 min.Oral Histories Gloria Grinnell, Civil Rights History ProjectThis is an oral history interview with Gloria Grinnell, who talked about participating in the 1960 ... This is an oral history interview with Gloria Grinnell, who talked about participating in the 1960 lunch counter sit-in protests during her time as a student at Richmond's Virginia Union University. She described the culture shock she experienced as a Californian attending college in Virginia. This interview is part of an oral history project on the civil rights movement initiated by Congress in 2009, conducted by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.The Civil War Harold Holzer on Civil War ObjectsHistorian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley, chief historian at the New-York Historical Society, ... Historian Harold Holzer and Valerie Paley, chief historian at the New-York Historical Society, talked about artifacts featured in their joint publication, "The Civil War in 50 Objects." In this program they discussed a pike ordered by abolitionist John Brown and a model of Abraham Lincoln's hand. This discussion took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic and the New-York Historical Society provided the video. 4:50 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 11 min.Nazi Germany & the Western FrontWorld War II scholar James Holland talked about Nazi Germany's weakening position on the Western ... World War II scholar James Holland talked about Nazi Germany's weakening position on the Western front as early as two years before its unconditional surrender to the Allies. Mr. Holland is the author of "The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943: The War in the West," the second book in a planned trilogy on the western front. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans provided this video.
6:01 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 9 min.Lectures in History Vietnam Anti-War MovementProfessor David Farber teaches twentieth-century American history at Temple University in ... Professor David Farber teaches twentieth-century American history at Temple University in Philadelphia. In this lecture to a history class he focused on the origin of the 1960s Vietnam anti-war movement, and his view of how it helped to expand the nation's democratic process. 7:10 AM EDTApprox. 50 min.U.S. Military Animals in World War IIAuthor Toni Kiser discussed her book, "Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II." She ... Author Toni Kiser discussed her book, "Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II." She highlighted the units of mules, dogs, pigeons, and horses that were an integral part of the U.S. war effort at home and abroad. This program was recorded by the National World War II Museum. 8:00 AM EDTApprox. 55 min.History Bookshelf Civil Rights MovementProfessors Elliott Gorn and Christopher Schmidt discussed the murder of Emmett Till and the lunch ... Professors Elliott Gorn and Christopher Schmidt discussed the murder of Emmett Till and the lunch counter "sit-in" protests.
8:55 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 3 min.Slavery in Colonial New EnglandHistorian Jared Hardesty talked about his book "Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History ... Historian Jared Hardesty talked about his book "Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England," which focused on the region's involvement in slavery and the slave trade during the colonial era. The Hingham Historical Society and Abigail Adams Historical Society co-hosted the event. 9:58 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 30 min.The Civil War Sherman's 1865 South Carolina CampaignGettysburg National Militaryl Park ranger Bert Barnett detailed Union General Sherman's early 1865 ... Gettysburg National Militaryl Park ranger Bert Barnett detailed Union General Sherman's early 1865 campaign in South Carolina following his "March to the Sea" in Georgia. He explained how Sherman thought capturing Columbia and South Carolina railroads were more strategically important than taking Charleston, but wanted to keep the Confederates uncertain about his ultimate objective. The video was provided by the National Park Service, who recorded the event in January 2015. 11:28 AM EDTApprox. 32 min.Cultural Institutions & Social UnrestThe Library of Congress hosted an online conversation between Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden ... The Library of Congress hosted an online conversation between Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch about how cultural institutions can come to the country's aid during difficult times.
12:00 PM EDTApprox. 5 min.Tour of San Antonio's Pearl DistrictRichard Oliver of Visit San Antonio explained the history of the city's Pearl District and the ... Richard Oliver of Visit San Antonio explained the history of the city's Pearl District and the influence of German immigrants 12:05 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 13 min.Lectures in History Atlantic Slave TradeUniversity of Pittsburgh professor Marcus Rediker taught a class about the Atlantic slave trade ... University of Pittsburgh professor Marcus Rediker taught a class about the Atlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas in the period from the early 1500s into the 1800s. He explored the origins of the trade with the Portuguese and Spanish soon after they discovered the Americas, and how plantations based on slave labor generated enormous concentrations of wealth. He also discussed how traders acquired or captured slaves on the west African coast, and details what the trip across the Atlantic was like for the enslaved. 1:18 PM EDTApprox. 46 min.Oral Histories Korean War Nurse Mary ReidThe Korean War began 70 years ago, on June 25th, 1950. It ended with an armistice agreement about ... The Korean War began 70 years ago, on June 25th, 1950. It ended with an armistice agreement about three years later in July 1953. In this oral history interview, Korean War veteran Mary Reid talked about her training in the Nurses Cadet Corps and her experiences in Korea serving as a U.S. Army nurse. The Korean War Legacy Foundation recorded this interview in Washington, DC in 2015 as part of a project underwritten by South Korea's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.
2:04 PM EDTApprox. 57 min.Oral Histories Korean War Veteran Carl HouseThe Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and ended with an armistice agreement about three years ... The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and ended with an armistice agreement about three years later in July 1953. Korean War veteran Carl House recounted his part in the amphibious landing at Inchon, a victory for U.N. forces which turned the tide early in the war, and talked about the surprise Chinese counterattack and intense combat at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir where he was captured. He also detailed the squalid conditions and suffering he endured as a prisoner of the Chinese. The Korean War Legacy Foundation conducted this interview in Louisville, Kentucky in 2015. 3:01 PM EDTApprox. 59 min.U.S. Immigration Policy Since 1924 LawAuthor Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the ... Author Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the evolution of U.S. policy since the Immigration Act of 1924. Ms. Yang examined the racial, economic and moral debates leading up to the passage of that law, and how those factors influenced immigration legislation throughout the 20th century. This event took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth provided the video. 4:00 PM EDTApprox. 22 min.Reel America "Fresh Colors" - 1970Directed and narrated by Czech political refugee and animator Paul Fierlinger, this film shows his ... Directed and narrated by Czech political refugee and animator Paul Fierlinger, this film shows his arrival in the United States, scenes of the failed 1968 student uprising in his homeland, and an animated history of the American flag.
4:22 PM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America "Vision USA" - 1974Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of half-hour reports for ... Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of half-hour reports for foreign audiences. Translated into many languages, the magazine format promoted American life in many forms, from arts to science and technology. This episode from 1974 features a pewter smith in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, the scientific benefits of scanning electron microscopes, Chesapeake Bay watermen, the new technology of quartz digital watches made possible by the space program, noted photographer Barbara Morgan, and a pedal-powered miniature car. 4:47 PM EDTApprox. 27 min.Reel America "Vision USA" - 1978This U.S. Information Agency program from 1978 includes five stories: the sport of skateboarding, ... This U.S. Information Agency program from 1978 includes five stories: the sport of skateboarding, laser technology used to clean works of art, a company that investigates engineering failures, Jim Henson's Muppet studio, and a Texas community with an innovative computer-based security and emergency response system. Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced these monthly half-hour "Vision USA" reports for foreign audiences on life in America. Translated into many languages, the magazine format promoted tourism and American life in many forms, from arts to science and technology. This program is from the National Archives' motion picture collection. 5:14 PM EDTApprox. 6 min.Bush Family GravesiteWarren Finch, Director of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, took a walk to the ... Warren Finch, Director of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, took a walk to the burial site of President George H.W. Bush at his Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. The 41st President was laid to rest next to his wife Barbara, and their daughter Robin.
5:20 PM EDTApprox. 23 min.Thomas Jefferson on Declaring IndependenceTo mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, ... To mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Menotomy in April, 1775, Monticello hosted a conversation with President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker. He recounted the events from the time of the battles to July, 1776 -- events that led to the decision of the thirteen colonies to break with Great Britain. He then explained how he was involved in creating the Declaration of Independence, and what he hopes Americans might learn from it. 5:43 PM EDTApprox. 17 min.Reel America "Honor America Day" - 1970On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning ... On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning religious service at the Lincoln Memorial featured the Rev. Billy Graham and Bob Hope hosted the evening entertainment at the Washington Monument. This U.S. Information Agency report covers the event; missing is any mention of anti-war protesters who waded naked in the reflecting pool and were later tear-gassed by police. 6:00 PM EDTApprox. 44 min.American Artifacts American Revolution, 1760 to 1778 - Part 1Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of ... Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of the first half of the American Revolution, from 1760 to 1778.
6:44 PM EDTApprox. 31 min.American Artifacts American Revolution, 1760 to 1778 - Part 2Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of ... Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of the first half of the American Revolution, from 1760 to 1778. 7:15 PM EDTApprox. 46 min.American Artifacts "Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms" ExhibitIn his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known ... In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known as the "Four Freedoms": freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. To represent these ideals, Norman Rockwell created paintings which became highly successful promotional posters for World War II war bonds. George Washington University Museum director and art historian John Wetenhall led us on tour of a Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibit which explores these paintings, Rockwell's career, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and contemporary works by artists reinterpreting the Four Freedoms. 8:01 PM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 34 min.First Ladies Influence & Image - Grace CoolidgeAmity Shlaes and Cyndy Bittinger talked about the life and influence of first lady Grace Coolidge ... Amity Shlaes and Cyndy Bittinger talked about the life and influence of first lady Grace Coolidge and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included role as a style icon, her causes, and renovating the White House.
9:35 PM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America "American Illustrator" - 1962This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film profiles illlustrator Norman Rockwell. Folk singer and ... This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film profiles illlustrator Norman Rockwell. Folk singer and songwriter Tom Glazer, who provides the soundtrack, visits Rockwell at his Stockbridge, Massachusetts home and studio to learn about his working methods, influences, and career. The documentary focuses primarily on the artist's work for the Saturday Evening Post, which over the course of 47 years featured more than 300 of his paintings on the magazine cover beginning in 1916. 10:00 PM EDTApprox. 45 min.American Artifacts American Revolution, 1760 to 1778 - Part 1Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of ... Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of the first half of the American Revolution, from 1760 to 1778. 10:45 PM EDTApprox. 30 min.American Artifacts American Revolution, 1760 to 1778 - Part 2Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of ... Tour of exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia featuring the story of the first half of the American Revolution, from 1760 to 1778.
11:15 PM EDTApprox. 46 min.American Artifacts "Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms" ExhibitIn his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known ... In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined what became known as the "Four Freedoms": freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. To represent these ideals, Norman Rockwell created paintings which became highly successful promotional posters for World War II war bonds. George Washington University Museum director and art historian John Wetenhall led us on tour of a Norman Rockwell Museum traveling exhibit which explores these paintings, Rockwell's career, the 75th anniversary of World War II, and contemporary works by artists reinterpreting the Four Freedoms.
Monday, July 6
12:01 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 34 min.First Ladies Influence & Image - Grace CoolidgeAmity Shlaes and Cyndy Bittinger talked about the life and influence of first lady Grace Coolidge ... Amity Shlaes and Cyndy Bittinger talked about the life and influence of first lady Grace Coolidge and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included role as a style icon, her causes, and renovating the White House. 1:35 AM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America "American Illustrator" - 1962This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film profiles illlustrator Norman Rockwell. Folk singer and ... This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film profiles illlustrator Norman Rockwell. Folk singer and songwriter Tom Glazer, who provides the soundtrack, visits Rockwell at his Stockbridge, Massachusetts home and studio to learn about his working methods, influences, and career. The documentary focuses primarily on the artist's work for the Saturday Evening Post, which over the course of 47 years featured more than 300 of his paintings on the magazine cover beginning in 1916. 2:00 AM EDTApprox. 22 min.Reel America "Fresh Colors" - 1970Directed and narrated by Czech political refugee and animator Paul Fierlinger, this film shows his ... Directed and narrated by Czech political refugee and animator Paul Fierlinger, this film shows his arrival in the United States, scenes of the failed 1968 student uprising in his homeland, and an animated history of the American flag.
2:22 AM EDTApprox. 25 min.Reel America "Vision USA" - 1974Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of half-hour reports for ... Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced a series of half-hour reports for foreign audiences. Translated into many languages, the magazine format promoted American life in many forms, from arts to science and technology. This episode from 1974 features a pewter smith in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, the scientific benefits of scanning electron microscopes, Chesapeake Bay watermen, the new technology of quartz digital watches made possible by the space program, noted photographer Barbara Morgan, and a pedal-powered miniature car. 2:47 AM EDTApprox. 33 min.Reel America "Vision USA" - 1978This U.S. Information Agency program from 1978 includes five stories: the sport of skateboarding, ... This U.S. Information Agency program from 1978 includes five stories: the sport of skateboarding, laser technology used to clean works of art, a company that investigates engineering failures, Jim Henson's Muppet studio, and a Texas community with an innovative computer-based security and emergency response system. Between 1972 and 1979, the U.S. Information Agency produced these monthly half-hour "Vision USA" reports for foreign audiences on life in America. Translated into many languages, the magazine format promoted tourism and American life in many forms, from arts to science and technology. This program is from the National Archives' motion picture collection. 3:20 AM EDTApprox. 23 min.Thomas Jefferson on Declaring IndependenceTo mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, ... To mark Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Menotomy in April, 1775, Monticello hosted a conversation with President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Bill Barker. He recounted the events from the time of the battles to July, 1776 -- events that led to the decision of the thirteen colonies to break with Great Britain. He then explained how he was involved in creating the Declaration of Independence, and what he hopes Americans might learn from it.
3:43 AM EDTApprox. 17 min.Reel America "Honor America Day" - 1970On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning ... On July 4, 1970, an "Honor America Day" celebration was held in Washington, D.C. The morning religious service at the Lincoln Memorial featured the Rev. Billy Graham and Bob Hope hosted the evening entertainment at the Washington Monument. This U.S. Information Agency report covers the event; missing is any mention of anti-war protesters who waded naked in the reflecting pool and were later tear-gassed by police. 4:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.U.S. Immigration Policy Since 1924 LawAuthor Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the ... Author Jia Lynn Yang discussed her book "A Mighty and Irresistible Tide," which looks at the evolution of U.S. policy since the Immigration Act of 1924. Ms. Yang examined the racial, economic and moral debates leading up to the passage of that law, and how those factors influenced immigration legislation throughout the 20th century. This event took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth provided the video. 5:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr.Oral Histories Korean War Veteran Carl HouseThe Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and ended with an armistice agreement about three years ... The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and ended with an armistice agreement about three years later in July 1953. Korean War veteran Carl House recounted his part in the amphibious landing at Inchon, a victory for U.N. forces which turned the tide early in the war, and talked about the surprise Chinese counterattack and intense combat at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir where he was captured. He also detailed the squalid conditions and suffering he endured as a prisoner of the Chinese. The Korean War Legacy Foundation conducted this interview in Louisville, Kentucky in 2015.
6:00 AM EDTApprox. 1 hr. 35 min.First Ladies Influence & Image - Grace CoolidgeAmity Shlaes and Cyndy Bittinger talked about the life and influence of first lady Grace Coolidge ... Amity Shlaes and Cyndy Bittinger talked about the life and influence of first lady Grace Coolidge and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included role as a style icon, her causes, and renovating the White House. 7:35 AM EDTApprox. 26 min.Reel America "American Illustrator" - 1962This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film profiles illlustrator Norman Rockwell. Folk singer and ... This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film profiles illlustrator Norman Rockwell. Folk singer and songwriter Tom Glazer, who provides the soundtrack, visits Rockwell at his Stockbridge, Massachusetts home and studio to learn about his working methods, influences, and career. The documentary focuses primarily on the artist's work for the Saturday Evening Post, which over the course of 47 years featured more than 300 of his paintings on the magazine cover beginning in 1916.